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The Terminator and Technology (part 1)

I just picked up James Cameron’s 1984 film The Terminator on Blu-ray the other day and I’m glad I did. I’ve always been a fan of the Terminator films and the original is still my favorite. I loathe James Cameron as a person (I think he’s a conceded, egotistical prick) but I can’t deny he makes good films. Ok, so maybe Avatar and Titanic aren’t that great (Titanic is enjoyable, even though it’s overly sentimental) but films like Aliens, the Terminator films, Piranha II: The Spawning, and True Lies are excellent – a prime example of why Cameron is lauded by so many. However, moving back to The Terminator, I’ve always felt this film is a great example of what technology can do when left to its own devices. Neil Postman argues in Technopoly that the makers of a technology aren’t the best candidates for determining its application; The Terminator demonstrates how a technology, which resembles cloud computing and is a form of artificial intelligence, can go awry when implemented by those who create it.
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I found a link to this film through the blog Kick to Kill (which is an excellent piece of online periodical). Since the blog’s author only put up the first eight minutes I believed it was a short film when it’s actually a feature length documentary. I wasn’t sure what I was getting into but found myself immersed in this completely messed up documentary about homeless teenagers in Seattle, Washington. If there’s a film demonstrating America’s class divide and un-Christian stance it’s Streetwise.
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